The opening month of the 2015/2016 Bundesliga season has left fans all over the world eagerly anticipating the rest of the campaign due to the thoroughly exciting start which they have been treated to. A total of 77 goals have been scored so far in just three game weeks (including the fastest goal ever scored in a Bundesliga game; that honour fell to Keven Volland of Hoffenheim against Bungesliga champions Bayern Munich).
The European Places
Borussia Dortmund have without a doubt been the most impressive team during August. The Black and Yellows have so far conjured up 11 goals, conceding only one and winning all three of their games. Since the arrival of former Mainz head coach Thomas Tuchel, people have questioned whether or not the former Bundesliga champions have what it takes to return to their former glory after the resignation of the iconic figure in Jurgen Klopp. However, Dortmund have so far silenced their critics with three superb performances and Der BVB will be hoping to maintain their perfect start to the season.
Another team that have been impressive during the opening stages of the campaign have been Cologne. Peter Stoger’s team currently boast an unbeaten record in the Bundesliga; having won two of their games and drawing the other one. At the beginning of the season, I had the Billy Goats down to push for a place in Europe and so far they are living up to those expectations (with the side currently sitting in an impressive fourth position).
Middle of the Table
Cologne aren’t the only surprise package of the season so far – Bundesliga newcomers Ingolstadt have had a remarkable start to the season after pulling off two wins and suffering only one defeat in the opening month. The Bavarian outfit were the bookies’ favourites to suffer relegation at the beginning of the season (along with the other first-timers Darmstadt; whom are unbeaten with three draws so far) but have defied the odds as of now and see themselves sitting in 7th going into the international break.
The Relegation Places
Meanwhile, at the bottom of the table, it has been a very disappointing start for Champions League outfit Borussia Monchengladbach. With only two goals and no points on the board, the Borussians are praying that their run of games coming up during September will grant them their first points on the board. It’s fair to say that Monchengladbach have more than enough quality available in their squad to ease out of any potential trouble that may await them, having said that, confidence will no doubt be low in the camp and the sooner they conjure up a first win of the campaign the better.
So, with the first month over, the Bundesliga is now in full swing and it is fair to suggest that we may be in for a slightly more open season than in previous years. With the international break ongoing currently, the Bundesliga will return for matchday 4 on the 11th September when Borussia Monchengladbach take on Hamburg.